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We Can’t Go Back

This is a song about abortion. I went to a Moth Slam at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley and heard a story that was a lot like the first verse. My brother went to school with someone who had been raised by his grandmother after his mother died from a botched abortion. That is the story of the second verse. The third verse is too true for too many young girls, even though I didn’t specifically hear about Betty.

I got to perform it at a reading of the play “Roe” put on by the Actors Ensemble of Berkeley June 12 at the David Brower Center, and at a concert put on by Great Labor Arts Exchange at the Labor Notes Conference in Chicago on the 18th. Several people are using it on radio stations and podcasts. I feel obligated to express what is in this piece.

I can’t say enjoy, but if you think this is an important song about an important issue, please do share it.

My novel, Keep the Motor Running: A Hippie Escapade, is available on Amazon Books!

The e-book is $4.99 and the paperback is $9.99. If you order it and enjoy it, please do write a brief review.

If you are one of the people who absolutely hate Amazon to the point where you won’t order anything from them, I will have a limited amount of books which I will sell for $11 each (includes tax) if you want to pick one up at my house. Or I can send you one for $14.50 (includes tax and postage). You won’t be able to write a review unless you buy the book from Amazon, but at least you can read it and let people know if you like it.

Coming Out of Stagnation

Here’s my new song – it should boost your spirits, that’s what it’s for! Enjoy.

And here are the lyrics:


C   G  C     2020, what a year

F    C         Worries and tribulation

F C G C    But now the coast is almost clear

F   G   C    We’re coming out of stagnation

C   G  C     Time to breathe more easily

F     C        I got my vaccination

F C G C    Now I’m close to feeling free

F  G   C     I’m coming out of stagnation

E    Am     I can hug my family

E    Am     See my friends at last

D    G        Leave the house so gratefully

D    G        But I still need to wear my mask

C   G  C     When the world is back on track

F     C        There will be jubilation

F C G C    We’ll be thrilled and that’s a fact

F   G   C    Coming out of stagnation   (Instrumental)

E    Am     Right now we are feeling shock

E    Am     Like we’re crawling out from beneath a rock

D    G        Looking round and taking stock

D    G        But in time it will be over

C   G  C     One day this will all be past

F     C        Time for celebration

F C G C    Life will normalize at last

F   G   C    When we’re out of stagnation

Whistled verse – F  G  C   Coming out of stagnation


Hi All,
My new CD, “Days of My Life”, has finally arrived!

You can listen to a sample of each song on the HearNow site and get digital downloads from several sources at:

If you’d like a physical copy, you can do one of the following:

1) If you’re local, call me at (510) 649-1423 or email me at If you pick it up, it will be $10. Or for $15 I can either deliver it to your house or mail it to your address. Cash, check or PayPal.

2) If you’re not local, send a check made out to Hali Hammer for $15. Include your address and I’ll mail it out to you. Mail your check to: Hali Hammer, 1609 Woolsey Street, Berkeley CA 94703

3) If you prefer to order through PayPal, send the $15 payment to Drop me an email with your snail mail address so I know where to send the CD. – Thanks and Love, Hali

Voting USA

Here’s my Get Out the Vote Video. I’ve attached the words – sing along and VOTE!!!

from Brian Wilson’s “Surfin’ USA”/Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen”
new words by Hali Hammer

If everybody was voting – across the USA
Then everybody’d be using – their voice to have a say
You’ll see us casting our ballots – in person or by mail
We’re fighting voter suppression – we can’t afford to fail

All kinds of organizations (All across the USA)
– With one goal in mind (All across the USA)
To have a fair election (All across the USA)
No Voter Left Behind (All across the USA)
We’ve got a plan for November (All across the USA)
The choice is oh so clear (All along the way)
Make sure everyone’s voting – Election crunch is here

Some are writing postcards – while others check the rolls
To make sure all are registered – before they hit the polls
Fighting polling place closures – each vote must be ensured
Against foreign tampering – and Trumped-up postal fraud

Swing Left/Vote Forward (All across the USA)
N double A CP (All across the USA)
Election Protection (All across the USA)
And the DNC (All across the USA)
Poll Heroes are helping (All across the USA)
And Indivisible groups (All across the USA)
The Reclaim Our Vote Campaign (ooh)
We’re sending out the troops!

Everybody is voting – Voting USA

We’re heading for High Noon – it’s coming up real soon
Walking precincts, phone banking – the moment’s opportune
All over the country – our message spreads today
Everybody is voting – Voting USA

We’re working 24/7 (All across the USA)
We’re gonna turn things blue (All across the USA)
Stacey Abrams with Fair Fight (All across the USA)
The cast of Hamilton too! (All across the USA)
All states in the union (All across the USA)
All ages have their say (All along the way)

Everybody is voting – Voting USA
Everybody is voting – Voting USA

When This is Over (a song for the times)

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, people started asking me to write a song about it. I really didn’t want to go there, and there were so many good parodies coming out, I didn’t feel the need to write one. But then when I was going to sleep one night, I thought about writing a song about when it was over. Here it is:


When this is over – We’ll take the masks off of our faces
And we’ll go to favorite places like we did before
When this is over – We’ll see friends that we’ve missed so much
And fill the need for human touch once more

When this is over – The skies will be much clearer
Sacred life will seem much dearer
And Mother Earth – at long last – has had a chance to breathe
When this is over – No Covid-19 news to start our day
No more wonderin’ how long will it be this way
It will be – a most welcome relief
(Instrumental verse)
When this is over – Will we appreciate the little things
In our lives and live for the joys they bring
And treasure what good people do
When this is over – we will recover from the strife
We will cherish precious life, and mourn for those who didn’t make it through

When this is over –
Our houses will be much cleaner
Our gardens will be much greener
With time to do – things we had no time to do

When this is over – Will we still make time to slow it down
And to meditate on what we have found
In the end, that’s up to you

When this is over –
We’ll see friends that we’ve missed so much
And fill the need for human touch one more

Lady Liberty Speaks

Here’s my latest video. Please share.

(words by Hali Hammer, music by Hali Hammer and Randy Berge)

I have stood here in this harbor – near one hundred forty years
Torch hoisted high, with an expression proud
And I’ve seen generations disembark upon this land
In awe, as though they’d stepped on hallowed ground

Affixed upon my podium there is a poem that reads
– “Give me your tired, your poor”
Ah, but I’ve been feeling poorly, and tired I have grown
To see what now is happening on my shore

I really cannot understand the way that things have changed
How immigrants are treated in this way
I wish the masses could be huddled ‘neath the green folds of my skirt
To breathe a little easier for a day

(Instrumental verse)

And yes, there has been bigotry, too often there is cruelty
Now rising exponentially in our land of opportunity
This explosion, now, of hatred, this propulsion now of scorn
Makes me feel the copper crown I wear might as well be made of thorns

So I cry out for the children abused and scared and caged
And weep to think of how we’ve fallen so far the wrong way
White power and no gun control, divisions, primal fears
While salt spray rising from the sea helps camouflage my tears
While salt spray rising from the sea helps camouflage my tears